Women in Film – Houston, Do We Have a Problem?

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 6th, 20082008-08-06T17:55:00Zl, F jS, Y at 10:55 am2008-08-06T17:55:00Zg:i a

This from the Hathor Legacy blog. Agree? Disagree?

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The “Dykes to Watch Out For” test, formerly coined as the “Mo Movie Measure” test and Bechdel Test, was named for the comic strip it came from, penned by Alison Bechdel – but Bechdel credits a friend named Liz Wallace, so maybe it really should be called the Liz Wallace Test…? Anyway, the test is much simpler than the name. To pass it your movie must have the following:

1) there are at least two named female characters, who

2) talk to each other about

3) something other than a man.

So simple, and yet as you go through all your favorite movies (and most of your favorite TV shows, though there’s a little more variety in TV), you find very few movies pass this test.

Read the rest HERE and let me know – do you agree?

p.s. what in the heck does Hathor mean? I had to look it up too.


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